I just started a job at the start of December. It has me doing shift work starting at 10 at night. I have never been a fan of shifts but I really need money so I took this job.
After my first few nights I started getting a flare. I have had it eveer since. Is this coincidence or could shifts be causing this flare? I am on my fourth shift rotation with no end in site to the pain. I don't want to quit the job just after starting but this is my first flare in more than a year. Help?!?
Happy New Year. I am sorry you are suffering...
In my opinion, the flare might not be the shifts directly but the disruption of your sleep schedule. Stress can lead to a flare and any sleep problems could be causing some problems. It is not a direct link in all cases so it is hard to say for certain.
Sorry I should have been clearer. I meant everything that had to do with working shifts. I have been having trouble sleeping so the body is probably way stressed. I really need this job but the pain is awful.
You may want to look into sleep aids for a short time while you figure out how best to get good sleep with your shift work. Some type of sleeping pills should be available from your doctor.
I talked to some coworkers and most of them have sleep problems. They mentioned some sleeping pills they take. At least I have some idea on what to try.
Your doctor will probably only give you a short term prescription so you'll either have to ration them or learn how best to get good sleep despite the shifts.
I'll ask about the muscle relaxer. That would be super if it helped. I am still flaring but its a bit less. I still feel exhausted so have to try something.